In November 1990 Sky TV and BSB merged to form British Sky Broadcasting. It was inevitable, just like the VHS vs Betmax wars, everyone had come to the conclusion that 2 satellite networks using completely different systems just couldn't survive. One had to go and with Sky having launched a year before, BSB was the victim.
 
Below are 4 news reports showing how the media reported the news, the first clip is one hour after the announcement at 10pm on Sky News, the last is the following day from BBC News with Moria Stewart.


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1990
News at Ten
1990
Newsnight
1990
BBC News
1990


Click for larger image Sky News - Merger Report
1990
Click for larger image A week after the news Penny Smith tells us some good news for former BSB subscribers, They're all going to get free Sky dishes!

This was the press release from BskyB explaining the new combined service (click on images for larger versions)


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So what channels would survive?


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1990
Click for larger image Galaxy and Sky One merged to form Sky One, Now and Sky News merger to form Sky News.

Click for larger image Now Last Transmission - First Transmission of Sky Arts
1990
The last transmission of the Now Channel from BSB.
 
Sky Arts was introduced, as an opt service from Sky News on the Marco Polo Satellite to fulfill contractal requirements to show former Now Arts programmes.

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1990
The Power Station
1990
The Sports Channel
1990
Sky Arts
1990


Power Station Cease Transmission
1991
The Power Station is no more, but look! Sky Movies from 6th April 1991
 
This promo explains the changes...


No real change for Sky viewers apart from some amended idents (below) and extra programming aquired from BSB's Galaxy and Now channels


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1990
Sky News BskyB
1990
Sky Movies BskyB
1990
Eurosport
1990


Click for larger image Now Sir Robin
1990
Click for larger image One of the few programmes to make the transition from Now to Sky News. It wouldn't last long though!
 
Interestingly Sir Robin's picture is less of a caricature in the Sky News version?



Click for larger image BskyB 5 Channel TV Promo
1991
In 1991 a total of nine channels were streamlined into a five channel network - Sky News, Sky One, Sky Sports, Sky Movies and The Movie Channel.
 
This long promo explains the changes for viewers on the Astra satellite

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1991
Sky Movies BskyB
1991
Movie Channel BskyB
1992
Sky Sports BSkyB
1992


Click for larger image Tuning in Promo
1991
Click for larger image So just how do you tune into those new channels? Let Peter Marshall explain...

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